SHINY GERANIUM A TREAT

These calves eagerly ate several bags of shiny geranium pulled by hand

Shiny geranium was first discovered in Ridgefield last year. It was found on Pioneer Street, in the Post office parking lot, and on six acres in Allen Canyon. A great deal of work and expense was spent to deal with it. Much of the effort was to get it before it went to seed. I did most of the work in Ridgefield and helped Les Greear treat it on his property. The seeds sprout after the first late summer/fall rains. After the first rains in mid September, we were disappointed to see so many new seedlings pop up.  We have begun treating them again.  This weed is spreading rapidly in  north Clark County and will probably become a  pest for Gee Creek and the Refuge in spite of our efforts.

 

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  1. ailsa crawford says:

    Hard to tellfrom this if shiny geranium is a good thing for the beasts or not. If it is I’ll plant more, but if not, I shall pull it out. Please let me know. Thanks.

  2. Paul Snoey says:

    Shiny Geranium (Geranium lucidum) is probably harmless since so much of the area these calves are on was covered by this weed. The plant is a serious pest and is listed by the State of Washington as a Class B noxious weed because it crowds out native species. Any value as forage would be minimal compared to the harm that could be done by encouraging it’s spread. Also, there are several other species of small geraniums that are widespread already and it is easy to mistake them. If they are on your property it would be good to pull them up. They have shallow roots and are very easy to pull up if there are only a few.

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